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no because the psychological techniques. in obtaining confessions and physical abuse they were taking they could do what they wanted say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they say. caught in the crossfire al qaeda extremists the slaughter of hundreds of kurds living in northern syria showing no mercy to women and children in their path to create a breakaway islamic state. obama lashes out at moscow for what he calls a cold war stance while russia demands america acting like adults we were reporting on the spike in tensions triggered by the snowden saga. and his moscow gears up for its first elections in a decade we look at how the leading candidates the acting city chief and
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a prominent opposition are planning to win votes. and broadcasting live from our studios in moscow this is thomas glad to have you with us now the leader of iraq's northern province of kurdistan has said that his fighters could intervene to protect kurds in neighboring syria who are facing daily attacks from rebel forces linked to factions which initially flooded into syria to five you saw government are now preparing to declare an islamist state in the country's north east and the kurdish minority is in their way artie's polis lir takes a look. we've been speaking to eyewitnesses relatives and also kurdish journalists and from the sequence of events that we've been able to piece together that commie nineteenth of july you had an assault by islamist extremists at that stage they
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placed a bomb in a local kurdish school they also rounded up and abducted a number of civilians the very next day a number of kurdish houses in various kurdish enclave were blown up there was also an entire kurdish village that was destroyed and some five hundred people were kidnapped that violence continued into early august when you had the report of killing at least some seventy kurds and the abduction of another three hundred and fifty now this week we saw a massacre in which some four hundred and fifty kurds were killed from the figures we've been receiving some one hundred twenty of them were children some three hundred and thirty of them were women that massacre happening in a syrian town on the turkish border not neither damascus nor the opposition has actually confirmed that massacre but we have been speaking to eyewitnesses and this is what they told us back in recent weeks they came into villages and started to
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blame the locals have been faithless it was during ramadan they open fire on villagers people came onto the streets men women and children they fired at everyone who came in the way they captured many young men and began to cut them with knives we told them that we were muslims too but they said that they would continue to kill us they also said that our grant to them all or money or property or women then they begin tomorrow everyone around my nephew was killed. when civilians escaped their shot militias raided their house and blew up some of them and robbed others the conditions are very bad people are in fear and terrorized the all nusra fighters are out of control there raiding the streets there's no media coverage and anyone who tries to reach out. it's being kidnapped by the militants and one of the problems we face is that some reports are difficult to verify as you heard there from kurds we've been speaking to they say that if they come forward
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and they report on any other directions kidnappings and killings they themselves run the risk of being murdered so they want to have is this is leading out of the language that is being carried out by the islamist fighters this is resulting in the spread of this information you have the scarcity of sources this too is leading to discrepancies in the reports that are making it into the international media and then of course you have videos that are being posted online that are sometimes difficult to independently verify there was one video that was posted that purported to show the killing of kurds it said that they were burned to death later this turned out to be foals now we could simms solves the say that the attacks are being carried out by islamised fighters that are linked to al qaida you have as one of these groups the all nusra front and this is an organization that is pledged to establish an islamic state in northern syria this is precisely the area where these kurds are living so this is why or both for some time you've had the kurds on the
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periphery of the conflict increasingly we've seen them in the line of fire. journalist david morgan believes that this latest massacre of kurds should be a signal for the backers of regime change in syria to stop warmonger. a bull's eye for a faction and all the other groups have been trying have been trying to provoke you know the kurds into into conflict since real for quite some time there's been there's been incursions there quite some time. and it looks like there was a marcus massacre of some kind the numbers are not certain and children and children with more than civilians light rail leave been been killed so is a war cry but if it's true for it should be investigated and i would say that the international powers the e.u. and america are in that un littered be a block on down is going in going into the we need to solve the syrian conflict is
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the root that's being pursued at the moment it's not going to lead to any democratic syria the things will get worse. turkey has found itself trying to balance the two seemingly contradictory roles backing the syrian rebels while at the same time trying to mend its historically hostile relations with the kurds on r.t. dot com filmmaker patrick henningsen shares his thoughts on a dilemma. where do u.s. russia relations stand that's the question the two countries can't seem to find the same answer to moscow says there is no sign of
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a cold war mentality but washington is calling for diplomatic ties to be paused and reassessed that's in the wake of president obama canceling a meeting with a bloody minded putin after moscow's decision to grant a temporary asylum to fugitive whistleblower edward snowden here's our tease again it's a can with commentary. remember the meeting between russian and u.s. officials at the state department comes days after president obama canceled the bilateral summit with the russian president in september more and more often we hear about a new cold war between moscow and washington so everyone was listening very closely to what officials on both sides were saying and we heard two different messages coming from president obama and for minister lavrov remember very well what you saw when we were saying goodbye he said well i believe that we can make a difference in the russian they're going to. let's. get as adults. and that's what we're trying to do because if. small
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incidents. become an impediment to every single. i think it would be it would be very good six through this president obama in the meantime did the opposite he has basically hyped up the cold war talk when president putin who was prime minister aware that it was president came back into power i think we saw more rhetoric on the russian side that was anti-american that . played into some of the old stereotypes about the cold war contest between the united states and russia and i've encouraged mr putin to. think forward as opposed to back on those issues with mixed success president obama also said in light of all the disagreements with russia mentioning syria and snowden it's time to make appalls and to recalibrate the tone of the talks at the state
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department at least the opening part that we have seen so it was a difference that there was an agreement on both sides that they should not lead disagreements and standards completely overshadow whatever progress the two countries can actually make one area where the two countries can make a difference is the crisis in syria both state the objective the same objective that they want to political solution that they want to bring all sides of the syrian conflict together in geneva to try and map out such a political solution the syrian opposition says they are not going to sit down no one paper with those who have blood on their hands moscow says you know order to stop the bloodshed all hands need to come to the negotiating table and foreign minister lavrov this friday he said that secretary kerry assured him that the opposition will be there at that negotiating table so there were some very serious issues on the agenda like syria like missile defense in europe where russia and the u.s. obviously don't see eye to eye but making progress on any of those topics becomes
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that much harder when the relations are defined by scandals and today we heard foreign minister lavrov trying very hard to ease the tension to move it away from the cold war talk but president obama's remarks seem to have exacerbated the tension. international relations expert shirin sadeghi spoke to r.t. about the latest spat she thinks it would be a mistake for the u.s. to let anger prevail over judgment as too many world issues depend on diplomatic agreement between these two countries. u.s. administration simply cannot afford to exclude russia from important talks on very important issues. before snowden happens a couple months ago those issues were very much to do with syria and some foreign policy issues as well as some economic issues that that the u.s. and russia have in common it just seems that this particular snowden affair has
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unleashed a level of anger in the u.s. government that has that is preventing them from actually doing what they do very well which is to manage foreign policy manage crises and use the press to do that i think it's actually. a very unique and rarely seen sign of weakness. while some analysts double obama's reaction as over the top it's quite mild compared to what some u.s. lawmakers want senators and members of congress are demanding that russia is punished for giving snowden temporary asylum and you can tell us what you think of this crisis bodes for russia on our web site take a look at what people are saying so far almost three quarters of you believe very little will change this big seventy one percent swath right here say that u.s. russia relations were already poor and it won't affect much else you know i just wonder one fifth think that economic ties are too important and consequently there
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will be no effect six percent in orange this little sliver here say that snowden it's a minor blip in that it will blow over relations aren't really all that bad in just a handful about four percent think that russia will be made to suffer for giving safe haven to the n.s.a. whistleblower of course you can have your say now at our teeth dot com now at the same news conference where president obama touched upon the chilly relations with moscow he vowed reforms for the disputed n.s.a. surveillance program he pledged more transparency but gave no indication that the mass data collection will be halted having listened to obama's speech of the international action center thinks the american president is on likely to put words into action. if you listen to the speech not much is really proposed that's actually concrete there's talk of some you know a privacy advocate being appointed to a board and you really see that not much is really going to change if you actually
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actually listen closely and you know as much as when obama was campaigning for president he made a lot of promises about protecting whistleblowers and all of that you see not much of this is changing and the fact that obama came out and gave this address and it's proposing these reforms which aren't that sweeping but sound sound really great the reason he did that is a response to the public opinion people all over the united states are outraged to know that their rights are not being protected and all of this patriotic stuff we hear about freedom and the u.s. is the greatest country in the world because the freedom how it's really it's really not true it's a lot of propaganda that's used to push us to war and to push us to blindly support government policies. coming up later in the program the concept of pick your own food reaches a new level. buy it out of quality meals report from one farm where customers get a chance to meet the meat that will be on their plate. was one of the globe's largest sporting events opens in moscow for the first time with over two
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thousand athletes competing in the russian capital the world athletics championships. and wasted holidays british tourists uncontrollable drinking habits are causing headaches for u.k. embassies around the world these stories and much more still ahead right here in our team. but heated race to become moscow's new mayor is in full swing with candidates now officially allowed to promote themselves in the media and with less than a month left until the vote all eyes are now focused on the top two candidates the city's acting head is expected to face a stiff challenge from a prominent opposition or parties and. takes a look at the front runners platforms. and they're on the last leg of the campaign has officially begun in the first election for moscow's mayor in ten years there are six candidates over seven million registered voters and a lot of promises being made it's not easy to please
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a city of an estimated fourteen million people there are major problems huge projects and the seemingly never ending fight against corruption incumbent serviceably on and his team in office for two years are confident the city's streets speak for themselves. have been completely changed the city has priorities have been public space fighting traffic development of public transportation and to take medicine and they do cation to new levels of development of and his plan is to continue that it works if he is elected but also running is anti-corruption blogger and opposition leader alexei nonviolently recently wrapped up in a fraud scandal arrested and then released his campaign volunteers are promising a new moscow. have you ever been to paris that's what we want green everywhere you look here for two months they've been putting down tiles bike paths our plans for traffic will be like the rest of the world not like some banyan. although
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a staunch critic of the government no vine is platform so far sounds a lot like some guidance it's a liberal program you know it's a program geared for the reach for the reach young and active you know so that they would be able to survive in the seat you so what about those who are old poor and need support but a state media is focused on some value and the opposition media with some help from the west and from angels is promoting a volley so the core mission of the socialists are sidelined but i think they would come to this format shape you i mean you go you know a scientist. also i think that asian man a scientist of the socialist kind of i think the program was more humane either way the vote is expected to draw a tremendous turnout that's media coverage and possibly even controversy and he's now a r t moscow. tourists
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are among the most notorious drinkers around the world and as artie's further explains they seem to think nothing can stop them. you say you pull the take a and you finally of all your holiday from say the very last thing you want to have happen if they get into trouble pausing at nineteen thousand people so consular assistance last year according to the latest figures by the foreign and commonwealth office into british behavior a broad there has been a rise in some countries of more serious crimes and that's cool saying concern in particular the statistics about rape and sexual assaults are up by ten percent now the countries that have been pinpointed as a particular areas of concern a strain turkey enjoys all countries popular with young holidaymakers all countries
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renowned for their very busy nightlife now it has to be said the brits do tend to have a bit of a reputation of course and out the whole continues to be a major factor in many of the. ice a nation fire. approach especially begins you often see brits completely drunk out of their heads. yeah alcohol's the biggest thanks to foreign income most of says nine hundred thousand people so consular assistance thing a lot of that is going to be youngsters getting drunk a little bit a little bit different and so the foreign and commonwealth office reminding travelers once again to keep safe. well we have plenty more stories online for you including toxic spill over contaminated ground water accumulating under the fukushima nuclear power plant in japan has risen above the protective barrier and is now leaking into the pacific ocean on our website we have all of the details and live updates on the situation. plus time to make
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a wish hundreds of shooting stars will dart across the sky over the next two nights you can head to our ti dot com to read more on this huge meteor shower event. right see. first rick. and i think that you're. on our recorders were very. instrumental. in the. it's one of the biggest sports events out there with only the fee for world cup and olympics boasting more popularity the world athletics championships has kicked off in moscow for the first time artie's lindsey france has details. it was a beautiful day to kick off the competition here at luzhniki stadium beautiful blue
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skies and sunny weather for the nearly two thousand athletes coming from two hundred six countries to participate in this abed now it runs and runs until august eighteenth and so there's plenty of time to get an eyeful of these amazing athletes they show their stuff here on the field now two events have gone on so far the women's marathon that was run along the moscow river it was taken by kenya and the men's ten thousand meter was taken by england very impressive shows by both of them people coming from far and wide throughout russia. stadium to catch sight of these athletes these are athletes that are not often covered in the media they are not on the cover of magazines and cereal boxes these are people that are oftentimes under the radar but they work very very hard to hone their skills to become experts and we are getting to see that here now the topic that is on the tip of everyone's tongue does seem to be the legislation that came out of the russian government to
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prohibiting the promotion of a homosexual lifestyle to juveniles and that seems to clash very much with be salty olympics coming up so soon in twenty fourteen many people political personalities and even in pop culture have spoken up and even promoted the idea of boycotting the olympics by certain countries teams however many leaders such as prime minister david cameron have also spoken up and said that boycotting would actually hurt the dialogue keeping the participation going in the olympics is something that furthers the dialogue in a situation like this and it's also worth noting that these athletes do spend a very large portion of their lives preparing for these events and to take that away from them because of a discord like this just seems cruel and so that argument also been put on the table over it something that will mark the discussion of the olympics up until and even during the event and so definitely. it's worth keeping a close eye on which governments are coming forward spirit of sportsmanship in
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saying you know let's stick with it once all participates in the olympics coming up so soon. ortiz lindsey france for us there now some other international news in brief for you now thousands of supporters of egypt's ousted president mohamed morsy are rallying in cairo protesters are demanding that the deposed leader be brought back to power egypt has witnessed mass demonstrations both in support and against the country's first democratically elected president since he was toppled by the army on july third. two militants have been killed and two more wounded in a suspected u.s. drone strike in southern yemen according to the country's military officials the attack destroyed a vehicle traveling on a mountain road in lodge province the drone strike is the ninth in the country since the end of july. multiple car bombs across iraq have killed up
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to sixty nine people and wounded around two hundred more nine separate blasts rocked mainly shiite areas of baghdad targeting cafes markets and restaurants in the city of kirkuk a bomb exploded near a shiite mosque more than one thousand people were killed in the month of july making it the deadliest month in years. today it's not a problem to take a quick bite if you have a lot on your plate just warm your food in a microwave but for some that approach simply not good enough they want to know exactly what they're munching on artie's peter all over met one german farmer who has found a way to satisfy even the most picky of appetite. europeans want to know exactly where their food is coming from this year we've seen the scandal of horse meat being passed off as beef in ready meals and the genetically modified crop giant monsanto decide that there isn't a market for them in you. all this is given one pig farmer an idea
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how to assure customers that his product is the best it can be and. it's important for people to see the environment where that it will take an animal has grown up they get to see them in a field surrounded by grass not in some main pigsty by buying from burned is a little different from going to your local organic butcher customers pick their pig from photos online and then through a web cam they can watch the animal grow when you get back and then several months later they receive their requested cut. the idea behind this belongs to a student from berlin who denys bookman his philosophy was that people should be better quality products he wanted to increase awareness and make it known how made has produced with famous chefs politicians and styles of music in sport queuing up the bones products from the caucus and some with a whole pig going for around four hundred fifty euros. the transport and
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the policy on customers like to have transparency in the production process and people want to know where their meat comes from we're looking to fill that niche. these days more and more people are concerned where their food has come from but for some just because you like pork chops doesn't mean you want to come face to face with the pig. that you wouldn't like it would be kind to tell you i'm sorry because it could be made to. taste straight but i'm not sure i would have liked to see it when it was a lie many though seem happy enough to watch the dinette grow from a free range piglets to a juicy. couplet. you get to see where the biggest comes from how to grow up the live ultimately determines who is the product i've got no problem. with the pigs are grouped in
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a natural habitat with stays in better days you know what you're eating in light of the recent scandal that is important to me just because most dine is would say they want farm animals ridden healthy conditions before they get to the but whether you want a closer relationship with what's to come your sausages or chops is reason a matter of taste he told of a party chairman. well coming up we continue our report on the drug gangs police raids and street violence that are an everyday reality for the mexican city of tijuana that's after a short break right here. well with. science technology innovation all the latest developments from around russia
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more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. corporations are today.
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one estimate this vehicle was peck's because usually all policemen undergo control there are police officers that are connected to a legal activities. whether there might be traces or someone might have taken drugs there was a smell left over but it's we have to investigate any possibility that he might be carrying drugs.


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